Another spring break, another trip to a major city. But this time it wasn’t just for vacation.
I took a trip with my mom to New York to check out colleges I’m interested in going to next year to see if they’re the right fit for me or not. I visited FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) in Manhattan and Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Buuut that being said, we definitely did explore the city and do some touristy things, which is why I’m making this blog post for you guys! You guys really seemed to like my travel posts about London and Paris last year and I love writing about travelling so here we are.
Day 1: The first day we were in New York, we went to tour FIT (luckily the hotel was a block from the campus.) But before the tour, we decided to start the day off by walking around Midtown Manhattan and seeing where we were in relation to things. Then we came back and toured FIT’s campus, which was a lot smaller than I anticipated. We got to talk to the admission counselor and students and I learned a lot more about how unique FIT is. After that, we walked down to Times Square so I could see just how crazy it is. New York is busy in itself, but Times Square is just insane. We then went to a burger place a friend of mine recommended and had some amazing burgers, sweet potato fries, and a chocolate milkshake. After that, we headed back to the hotel (about a mile away) and went to sleep.
Day 2: The next morning we woke up and headed over to the One World Observatory, which was built after the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11. It took us up about 100 floors and we got a gorgeous 360 degree view of New York. After that, we walked around the 9/11 memorials. Then we went over to Wall Street and I fell in love with the beautiful architecture of the buildings. It’s almost like there are separate little cities inside of NYC, because of how different parts of the city are so varied. Then we headed back to Times Square and waited for at least an hour to get discounted Broadway tickets to Kinky Boots later that night! We got dressed (I wore a tweed romper I bought earlier that day) and went to the show. The show was so amazing and Wayne Brady, the main character, even made a rap for charity at the end which was super cool.
Day 3: We were super lucky because we found out Macy’s annual flower show was going on the weekend we were there, so of course we had to go check it out. The entire first floor (there are 7 floors) was amassed by giant arrangements of flowers in a Storybook theme. There was a dragon breathing flowers, giant flower arches, an ice chair surrounded by flowers, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Afterwards, we went to Central Park. I never realized how huge Central Park is, or how cold it is in the winter time (I wore like 3 layers every day.) But nevertheless it was gorgeous and I can’t even imagine how pretty it is when the trees aren’t all dead. We walked past Rockefeller Center and up to 5th avenue (drool) and even went into the original Saks 5th Avenue, where we walked around on the haute couture floor (we couldn’t touch of course), the shoe floor (I would die there), and the slightly more affordable floor in between those where I tried on some clothes. Then we went to mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, since it was Palm Sunday. We headed back to the hotel and got some amazing waffle sandwiches for dinner from a waffle truck.
Day 4: We got up hella early on our last day because we were heading upstate to Poughkeepsie to check out Marist College. The scene was completely different up there, as it’s a pretty small town right on the edge of the Hudson. The campus is way bigger than FIT also. We got a tour from a student in the morning and I got to attend a retail class and have lunch with another student in the afternoon. Then we headed back to NYC and had our last dinner at a delicious seafood place. Spicy Crab Beignets and Squid Ink shell pasta were a nice farewell to the adventure of NYC. Until next time, city that never sleeps.